We Welcome Your Application to Join Us!

We build each of our groups with care, keeping the groups small (no more than twelve students), and paying close attention to age, grade, gender, and the mix of hometowns and schools. Our goal is to put together great groups — groups where nice kids thrive in a supportive, wholesome, and caring environment. Please note: availability as shown is based on students traveling without a friend; if your child is interested in traveling with a friend, please call our office for availability.

Important Information about Availability


This departure of this trip has good availability. Apply as soon as possible since availability changes quickly.


This departure of this trip has limited availability. Apply as soon as possible, and on receipt of your application, if space is still available, we’ll confirm a spot for you. If all of the spots are taken, we’ll call you to discuss options.


This departure of this trip is currently full — please call us to discuss options.

How to Apply

Apply online using a credit card for the $795 deposit (your card will not be charged until we confirm a spot for you). Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received (we do not hold spots over the phone).

When to Apply

The flow of applications starts in July and peaks in January/February. Some groups fill by the December holidays, and others will have space into the late spring. Our advice? Apply as soon as possible — it only takes a few minutes — and we’ll get to work right away to find a great spot for you.


Call (413.458.9672) or email (info@overlandsummers.com). We look forward to hearing from you.

Alpine Challenge

Deep green valleys and sparkling Alpine passes!

Hike the best of the Alps!

From day hikes in Gstaad to the end-of-trip summitting of the Mettelhorn, our Alpine Challenge offers the best of the Swiss Alps. For three weeks, we’ll hike the Bernese Oberland and Matterhorn region in the Valais. Each area offers quintessential Switzerland (big snow-capped mountains and deep green valleys) and its own challenges (long miles over demanding terrain). The Alpine Challenge is one of our capstone experiences. It’s teamwork and leadership every step of the way; it’s friendship and fun on a hiking trip of unsurpassed mountain beauty; its a chance to put together everything you’ve thought, felt, and loved about being outdoors, with friends, on an Overland trip.

Download the
Alpine Challenge Itinerary
for all of the details!
"The Alpine Challenge is an awesome trip. The hiking is challenging, yet incredibly rewarding. Switzerland is the most picturesque place I've ever been. The accommodations and food on this trip are outstanding."

Ainsley R.


"Isabelle raved about her experience on Alpine Challenge. These trips, with great and responsible leaders, promote self reliance, life skills, team building and community, leadership, a love of and respect for nature, and fuel additional curiosity and confidence. "

Ginny W.